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Get Your Mac Productivity Time Under Control with RescueTime for $19.99

4:24 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

It's far too easy to get distracted on our computers, or spend far more time than we realize focused on unproductive activities like reading Twitter. RescueTime can help bring back your digital productivity by monitoring what you do when you're sitting at your computer, and then builds reports with productivity scores detailing exactly how you spend your time. It logs the apps you use, how long you're in each app, and how much time you spend on specific websites. You can also block websites you find too distracting, sort of like staging your own personal intervention. RescueTime is regularly priced at US$72, but thanks to TMO's special deal you can pick it up for only $19.99.

Reading the Tea Leaves: New iPhones on September 18

2:31 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The next iPhone will launch on Sept 18

Apple hasn't made any official announcements yet, but enough pieces are coming together so that it's easy to make an educated guess on when the iPhone 6 replacement is coming out: September 18. Apple typically releases new iPhone models in September so that's a given, and thanks to the company's cell service partners who don't get the meaning of "secret," the actual launch date is looking like Friday, September 18.

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Apple hasn't confirmed anything yet, but it's looking pretty solid for a mid-September iPhone 6s launch.

Misfit Offers Swimmers their own Fitness Tracker

11:17 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Misfit and Speedo are teaming up on a new version of the Shine fitness tracker designed for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters, and is designed to track how many laps you swim, and can track your distance regardless of your swimming stroke. It also sports the usual tracking features like steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns. You can pick up a Speedo Shine from Misfit and Apple retail stores starting September 1 for US$79.99.

New OS X Security Flaw Detailed on the Internet Instead of Going to Apple

10:21 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OS X tpwn security flaw posted online before alerting Apple

Another big security flaw in OS X Yosemite has been discovered, but instead of telling Apple first, the guy who found it posted his findings on the Internet. That means Apple doesn't have a head start on patching the flaw, and potential hackers have the access to the potential exploit now.

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Operating system security flaws suck, and doubly so when the people who discover them go directly to the Internet with their exploit instead of contacting the developers so they can work on a patch. Thanks to Luca Todesco, tpwn is in the wild and Apple didn't have a chance to check it out ahead of time.

Apple Music Festival Includes Pharrell, Florence + The Machine

9:10 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Festival is now Apple Music Festival

Apple's 2015 London Apple Music Festival will include performances from Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine, One Direction, Disclosure, and more. The Festival runs from September 19 through September 28 at the Roundhouse, and just as Apple has done in past years, tickets to the concerts will be given away through a lottery system.

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The Apple Music Festival, formerly known as iTunes Festival, always has a diverse list of performers so it's cool that everyone who can't be there will be able to watch the concerts on Apple TV.

Sprint Follows T-Mobile, Offers iPhone 6s Upgrade Deal

7:07 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sprint follows T-Mobile's lead with new iPhone upgrade offer

Sprint is following T-Mobile's lead and offering customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s when it's released, presumably in September. The deal, called iPhone Forever, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

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Once again, it's T-Mobile setting the standards for the smartphone market. To see what kind of deals we'll get from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the coming months just look to see what T-Mobile is doing today.

iOS 9 Developer Course 90% Off: $99

4:06 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course for only $99

If you're looking for some help on getting up to speed on coding apps for Apple's soon to be released iOS 9, check out TMO's special deal on StackSkills' online training: The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course. You'll get 90 hours of course content where you learn to build 100 apps with Xcode 7, plus you'll learn to use Swift 2, develop watchOS 2 Apple Watch apps, work with SpriteKit, and more. The training series is regularly priced at US$999, but you can sign up for $99—a 90 percent discount!

How Big is a 12 Megapixel Photo?

2:33 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Your next iPhone could have a 12 megapixel camera. Is that a big deal?

Rumors claim that Apple will introduce a new iPhone model in September with a 12 megapixel camera. Aside from "that's more megapixels!" exactly what will a 12 megapixel camera in your next iPhone get you? Read on to see Jeff Gamet's explanation.